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Supporting Music Education


Awarding over $850,000 in scholarships and grants to music college students in Los Angeles, since 2004



The Musicians Foundation (a non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 2004) is primarily dedicated to providing scholarships to talented and/or financially challenged students at Musicians Institute (MI) College of Contemporary Music– in order to help them achieve their educational goals. We have awarded over $700,000 in grants to more than 400 deserving recipients. 

The Musicians Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for grants or scholarships at this time. 

We also support and fund several opportunities and resources for music education in the Los Angeles area.

Donations to the Musicians Foundation are fully tax-deductible and 100% of all funds received are applied directly to student scholarships and music education classes.

Our Federal Tax ID # is: 20-1799730
We are a GuideStar Platinum Certified Charity




The mission of The Musicians Foundation is to support contemporary music students in the Los Angeles area who exhibit talent and/or are financially challenged to help them achieve their educational goals at the college level. The foundation engages in (and sponsors) the creation, development, administration and funding of post-secondary music education scholarships as well as fostering relationships, building partnerships, expanding public awareness, and providing educational opportunities in support of post-secondary music education.


A Word from Our Chairman of the Board, Hunter Scott:
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Previous and Current Donors (partial list)

The David Geffen Foundation
Stanley Clarke Foundation
The D’Addario Foundation

The Pat Hicks Charitable Trust

Make a Noise Foundation (Steve Vai)

Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation (Joe Bonamassa)

N.W. Dible Foundation

Pajwell Foundation

LA Breakfast Club Foundation

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation

Seymour Duncan Pickups and Pedals
ESP Guitars
Schecter Guitars

Fender Guitars
Carvin Guitars
Takamine Guitars
Yamaha Guitars
P.R.S. Guitars

Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood
Gilt City LA
Paiste Cymbals

Liquid Cinema
Sennheiser Microphones
Mojave Audio

GHS Strings

RockStar Mayhem Festival Metal of Honor

HOSA Technology
Daisy Rock Girl Guitars
Guitar it up for Girls
Universal CityWalk Hollywood
City National Bank

Hisatake Shibuya

Jennifer Batten

Yoshihiro Sano
Kevin Lyman

Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP)

Pat Hicks Memorial Fund

Ross Bolton Memorial Fund

Greg Priest Memorial Fund 

W. Crane Guy Memorial Fund

Steve Fox Memorial Fund

Scott Bennett Memorial Fund

Kyle Mathis Memorial Fund

Charly Gienau Memorial Fund
Mitch Faber Memorial Fund

Chuck Silverman Memorial Fund

E.P. Scarlett Memorial Fund

Ryder Buck Memorial Fund

Kevin Hernandez Memorial Fund

Rich Buchanan/James Chesser (in honor of George Duke)

MI 35th Anniversary Alumni Scholarship Fund

Anonymous Musicians Institute Alumni
In Memoriam

Amazon Smile, PayPal Giving Fund, Facebook
Individual donors like you

100% of all donations directly fund scholarships for music college students and our programs at The Grammy Museum. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. When you give to the Musicians Foundation, you not only provide support to individual students, you also support the future of music education.

Our Federal Tax ID # is: 20-1799730  -  We are a GuideStar Platinum Certified Charity


At The Musicians Foundation, we are dedicated to supporting individuals through our various music education scholarships and initiatives. We also work on behalf of the the interests of the music industry and community by advocating for musicians and songwriters rights.


We are proud to work with these exceptional organizations.

Little Kids Rock

D'Addario Foundation
The Grammy Museum
The Recording Academy
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation
Notes for Notes











Stanley Clarke - Legendary Musician, composer, producer, philanthropist. Honorary Board Member Emeritus

Sheila E. - Legendary Musician, composer, producer, philanthropist. Honorary Board Member Emeritus


IMM. PAST BOARD CHAIR: James Leach - Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations SESAC

Jon Levy-Publisher | Premier Guitar magazine, highly experienced in media, marketing and music, musician

Michael Molenda - President, West Coast A&R Rock & International A&R Guitar at Mi5 Recordings/Universal Music Group, Editor in Chief Emeritus | Guitar Player Magazine, musician, studio owner, producer

Alex Skolnick - Highly respected metal and jazz guitarist, writer

Paul Youngblood - Director of Product Marketing at Tascam, Vice President of Cherub/NU>X

BOARD CHAIR: Hunter Scott

BOARD CHAIR - HUNTER SCOTT: Head of Marketing & Publicity @ TREND. Established LaFamos- a full-service PR firm in 2008. Head of Brand Development for High Q Digital, Public speaker, panelist

ANIKA PARIS: CEO Alaya Productions; WB Composer, Songwriter, Author, Educator in Artist Development


ANDREA BARI, JD. Expert adviser in intellectual property rights, music publishing contracts, business law. Researcher for the UN Special Rapporteur in Cultural Rights. Law and Business professor at Musicians Institute.

Maiya Sykes

MAIYA SYKES: Classically trained vocalist, songwriter , producer, vocal contractor, arranger and vocal educator. She is a proud graduate of Yale University and Musicians Institute. Credits include Dolomite is My Name, LaLa Land, Dumplin, Macy Gray, Jim James, Tori Kelly, The Voice (Season 7), Postmodern Juxebox

DAN KIMPEL: Author, educator, music journalist & contributor of feature stories and interviews to a variety of media (magazines, podcasts, websites, TV, documentary films) spanning the entertainment spectrum. Author of six best-selling books about the music industry. Teacher of master classes at Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). Lecturer at colleges, universities, conferences, & award-winning member of the Musicians Institute faculty for 12 years.


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BETH MARLIS: Vice President at Musicians Institute, Musician, Educator, Author, Chair Emeritus Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Secretary, Kathleen Clark

SECRETARY, KATHLEEN CLARK: Photographer, Former Director/Partner in SPOT Photo Works, Clark | Oshin Gallery LA. Longtime Photo Director of LA Magazine and LA Weekly

Treasurer, Kyle Denne

TREASURER, KYLE DENNE: Accounting Manager at Musicians Institute


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